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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

-- The Campus Technology Conference(Campus Tech), a higher education technology event produced by LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, announced today its advisory board of academic, administrative, and technology experts from colleges and universities nationwide.  These advisory board members are integral in developing and planning each Campus Technology Conference.  This year they have helped to expand conference content offerings available to attendees of"Our goal is to ensure that our annual program responds to emerging challenges and looks ahead to identify new directions in order to best serve the wide range of professional development needs of the higher education technology community," said conference Program Chair John Hess.  "This exceptional group of campus leaders is vital to that process."The2017 advisory board members include:·         Jill Albin-Hill, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dominican University·         W. Gardner Campbell, Associate Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University·         Ronald L. Danielson, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University·         Mark Frydenberg, Senior Lecturer of Computer Information Systems and Director of CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox, Bentley University·         Joy Hatch, Former Vice President for Technology, Fort Hays State University·         Raymond Uzwyshyn, Director of Collections and Digital Services, Texas State University·         Anu Vedantham, Director of Learning and Teaching Services for Harvard College Libraries, Harvard UniversityOver 1,000 professionals — including CIOs, CTOs, chief academic officers, higher education administrators, IT managers, Instructional designers, technologists, faculty and support staff — from all over the United States and 19+ countries converge atto gain hands-on exposure to the latest technologies and successful implementation strategies through keynotes, mega sessions, workshops, concurrent sessions, the expo hall and more.2017 will provide higher education professionals access to more than 30 sessions in seven distinct tracks that will dig into relevant topics for IT leaders, hands-on faculty and technologists. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to gain expanded topic coverage through New Mega Sessions, more preconference workshops and enhanced poster sessions. The keynote speakers include Jennifer Golbeck, Director of the Social Intelligence Lab and Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park; Jeffrey Selingo, Author, and contributor for; as well as Robin Hanson, Associate Professor of Economics at the George Mason University, and Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute at University of Oxford.will be held July 17 - 20 at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.. For additional details and to register, visit www.CampusTechnologyConferences.com . Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@CT_Events ( https://twitter.com/ CT_Events )) and using and searching the hashtag #CampusTech. For even moreupdates, "like" Campus Tech and join the Campus Tech LinkedIn group.###The Campus Technology Conference brings together thought leaders from the fields of higher education and technology to explore innovative solutions and to develop effective strategies for campus administration, infrastructure, teaching and learning, and more. Conference speakers and attendees occupy a variety of campus leadership positions including chief information officers, vice presidents of technology, and other executives, as well as a variety of academic and technology professionals who are working to manage resources effectively, build seamless networks, and create new educational and enterprise models for the future. Developed in consultation with members of an advisory board of academic and administrative experts from colleges and universities nationwide, each annual conference emphasizes strategic initiatives, technological innovations, emerging trends, hands-on workshop experiences, and opportunities for collaboration and partnership with industry leaders as well as within and among institutions. For additional information about the conference, please visit www.CampusTechnologyConferences.com.LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually, including Campus Technology Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), HR in Hospitality Conference, HR TechnologyConference & Exposition, Recruiting Trends Conference, and National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference& Expo.LRP Publications, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specializing in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers' compensation and disability, the company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources. Additionally, LRP publishes two industry-leading magazines: Human Resources Executive® and Risk & Insurance®, plus delivers top-quality training and professional development with eLearning, conferences and tradeshows including: HR Technology Conference & Exposition®, National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities®, National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo, among others. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: phys.org

A spatially adaptive broadcast system allows the broadcaster to adapt the geographical coverage from the transmitter based on what is actually happening in real-time to the radio frequency emissions. This is similar to what happens in a cellular network, which adapts to the needs and locations of subscribers. Mobile phones constantly change their transmit power based on the users location and distance to the base station and this can increase the energy efficiency and battery life of the handset. The research by engineers at the University of Bristol, and published in the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, has shown that the energy efficiency of broadcast TV can be improved if the broadcaster optimises in real-time both the signal strength and directivity of the broadcast transmission. Broadcast TV is now digital, which means when the signal strength drops below a certain limit, the TV signal fails and the picture is completely unwatchable. During network planning, the network engineer has to be especially careful and assume the worst case scenario for broadcast, because if signal strength drops below the operational limit then no reception can be achieved. However, being significantly above the operational limit is considered a waste of energy as there is no benefit to the viewer. If the network engineer had live access to the received signal levels at the users' premises' then the entire system could adapt and be made significantly more energy efficient. Traditionally, broadcast TV is a 'one way street', data flows only from the broadcaster to the viewer, so there is no way for the broadcaster to optimise the transmission in real-time to improve the energy efficiency. However, if broadcasters had access to the viewing conditions, then the entire system could be optimised. Internet enabled TV devices are now capable of relaying signal strength information back to the broadcaster in order to improve energy efficiency. This study has shown that further improvements can be made to the broadcast network that maintain the same level of service but use much less electricity. The researchers found that by deploying a spatially adaptive broadcast system, the broadcast power could be reduced by up to 35 per cent, resulting in reduced carbon emissions and significant financial savings. Dr Peter Bagot, Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said: "Digital broadcasting is more energy efficient than analogue broadcasting, and following digital switch over, digital broadcast towers now use less electricity than their analogue equivalents. Our work is about exploiting the benefits of digital broadcast TV to deliver improved energy efficiency." Mark Beach, Professor of Radio Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Manager of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications (CDT), remarked: "Peter was one of the students in the first cohort of researchers in the CDT. It is most rewarding to see this collaborative work with BBC research and development producing such high-quality research." Professor Andrew Nix, Dean of Engineering and Head of the Communications Systems and Networks Research Group commented, "The hardware-in-the-loop laboratory demonstration using our Keysight F8 channel emulators, funded through Bristol's EPSRC experimental equipment grant, provides an excellent proof of concept for this energy efficient technology." More information: 'Spatially adaptive TV broadcast system: hardware in the loop operational analysis' by Peter, Bagot, Mark Beach, Andrew Nix, Joe McGeehan and John Boyer in IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

When a digital TV system operates with excess transmit power there is no benefit for either the user or broadcaster. New research has found that by deploying a spatially adaptive broadcast system, broadcast powers can be reduced by up to 35 per cent, reducing carbon emissions and saving money. A spatially adaptive broadcast system allows the broadcaster to adapt the geographical coverage from the transmitter based on what is actually happening in real-time to the radio frequency emissions. This is similar to what happens in a cellular network, which adapts to the needs and locations of subscribers. Mobile phones constantly change their transmit power based on the users location and distance to the base station and this can increase the energy efficiency and battery life of the handset. The research by engineers at the University of Bristol, and published in the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, has shown that the energy efficiency of broadcast TV can be improved if the broadcaster optimises in real-time both the signal strength and directivity of the broadcast transmission. Broadcast TV is now digital, which means when the signal strength drops below a certain limit, the TV signal fails and the picture is completely unwatchable. During network planning, the network engineer has to be especially careful and assume the worst case scenario for broadcast, because if signal strength drops below the operational limit then no reception can be achieved. However, being significantly above the operational limit is considered a waste of energy as there is no benefit to the viewer. If the network engineer had live access to the received signal levels at the users' premises' then the entire system could adapt and be made significantly more energy efficient. Traditionally, broadcast TV is a 'one way street', data flows only from the broadcaster to the viewer, so there is no way for the broadcaster to optimise the transmission in real-time to improve the energy efficiency. However, if broadcasters had access to the viewing conditions, then the entire system could be optimised. Internet enabled TV devices are now capable of relaying signal strength information back to the broadcaster in order to improve energy efficiency. This study has shown that further improvements can be made to the broadcast network that maintain the same level of service but use much less electricity. The researchers found that by deploying a spatially adaptive broadcast system, the broadcast power could be reduced by up to 35 per cent, resulting in reduced carbon emissions and significant financial savings. Dr Peter Bagot, Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said: "Digital broadcasting is more energy efficient than analogue broadcasting, and following digital switch over, digital broadcast towers now use less electricity than their analogue equivalents. Our work is about exploiting the benefits of digital broadcast TV to deliver improved energy efficiency." Mark Beach, Professor of Radio Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Manager of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications (CDT), remarked: "Peter was one of the students in the first cohort of researchers in the CDT. It is most rewarding to see this collaborative work with BBC research and development producing such high-quality research." Professor Andrew Nix, Dean of Engineering and Head of the Communications Systems and Networks Research Group commented, "The hardware-in-the-loop laboratory demonstration using our Keysight F8 channel emulators, funded through Bristol's EPSRC experimental equipment grant, provides an excellent proof of concept for this energy efficient technology." 'Spatially adaptive TV broadcast system: hardware in the loop operational analysis' by Peter, Bagot, Mark Beach, Andrew Nix, Joe McGeehan and John Boyer in IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting


"Traditionally, brands have focused on creating as much site content as possible to encourage consumer engagement," explained Evan Neufeld, VP of Intelligence at L2. "However, content for content's sake can often overwhelm users and many brands have yet to acknowledge the need to shift their focus from mass messaging to bespoke digital features that can drive conversions." Missing out on Mobile: Sixty-seven percent of tracked brands offer a commerce enabled app. However, only 22 percent include video, 13 percent incorporate user generated content, and 4 percent add lookbooks into their mobile app experiences, a fraction of the engaging content deployed on sites. Selling with Social: Sixty percent of brands incorporate Shop Now buttons into their Facebook Pages. Big Box, Beauty, and Retail brands lead the pack with 89, 86, and 85 percent adoption, respectively. Conversely, Brands are slower to integrate social commerce into their Instagram accounts with only 41 percent adoption of the platform's Like2Buy feature. Curation Vs. Clutter: Adding a personalized homepage can help to retain consumers by reducing the average bounce rate for brand sites from 47 to 39 percent. Likewise, site personalization drives consumers to spend 46 percent more time on site and view 39 percent more pages per visit. "From proper email segmentation to site diagnostics, there are key digital features and tactics that have significant impact on a user's experience," notes Camilla Opperman, Research Associate at L2, "and in an era of over messaging, leading brands will be the ones who learn to do more with less." The report features case studies on brands including but not limited to: Macys, CVS, Bud Light, Under Armour, Nordstrom, Smashbox Cosmetics, and Zara. Click here to explore L2's interactive visualization depicting content execution versus commerce enablement across Index brands. About L2 L2 benchmarks the digital performance of over 2,200 brands across 12 sectors globally. The L2 Digital IQ Index is the global standard for measuring digital competence. We analyze 1,250 data points across Site & E-Commerce, Digital Marketing, Social Media, and Mobile to provide brands with actionable, data driven insights on their digital performance. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/l2-report-identifies-best-practices-for-consumer-brands-to-develop-digital-content-and-commerce-strategies-300454450.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

BOSTON -- Researchers from Hebrew Senior Life's Institute for Aging Research have discovered that foot pain - particularly severe foot pain - correlates to a higher incidence of recurrent falls. This finding also extends to those diagnosed with planus foot posture (flat feet), indicating that both foot pain and foot posture may play a role in falls among older adults. Using data from the Framingham Foot study, researchers found that foot pain and foot posture were not associated with any one fall; however, in the case of multiple falls, foot pain and foot posture were often a factor. These findings were published today in the journal Gerontology. "We know that having more than one fall can be of concern. Many don't think of feet as the culprit. However, higher odds of recurrent falls were seen for those with foot pain, especially severe foot pain, as well as those with planus foot posture, indicating that both foot pain and foot posture may play a role in falls," said Marian Hannan, Co -Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at the Institute for Aging Research and Associate Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health. "This is important because falls are a serious problem for older adults. They are a leading cause of hospitalization and often lead to a loss of independence, a decrease in quality of life, and sometimes death. With this new knowledge we hope to find more solutions to lessen the risk of falls in older adults," said Lead author Arunima Awale, Research Associate at Hebrew Senior Life's Institute for Aging Research. More than 30 percent of individuals over the age of 65 fall at least once a year. This figure increases to over 40% for persons aged 75 years or older. As a result of this study, scientists are hopeful that by lessening the instance of foot pain in older adults they can significantly reduce hospitalizations and loss of independence for American seniors. This study was supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease and National Institute of Aging (grant number AR047853); and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study N01-HC-25195). About the Institute for Aging Research Scientists at the Institute for Aging Research seek to transform the human experience of aging by conducting research that will ensure a life of health, dignity and productivity into advanced age. The Institute carries out rigorous studies that discover the mechanisms of age-related disease and disability; lead to the prevention, treatment and cure of disease; advance the standard of care for older people; and inform public decision-making. The Aging Brain Center within IFAR studies cognitive aging and conditions affecting brain health. Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching and redefining the possibilities of aging. Founded in Boston in 1903, the nonprofit, non-sectarian organization today provides communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit http://www. , follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook or read our blog.


NEW YORK, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blake Insomnia Therapeutics Inc. (OTCQB:BKIT) a New York based pharmaceutical company is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Leire to join CEO Birger Jan Olsen on its Board of Directors. Dr. Leire has currently been the CEO of DanDrit Biotech (OTCQB:DDRT) which is developing a dendritic cell-based immunotherapy for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer (Phase III clinical trials). He also serves on the Board of Novicol International Holding Inc., a Canadian company with a microbicide commercially available in China. Dr. Leire brings to Blake Insomnia Therapeutics a valued combination of medical professionalism with business acumen spanning over 30 years encompassing: - Biotech - held executive positions with Paringenix, APT Therapeutics, and Biostrategies Group; - Pharmaceutical - served in senior management at Pfizer, Boots Pharma, Schering Plough Pharmacia; - Private Equity - partner at Biofund Venture and Medwell Capital; - Non-Profit - HIV/AIDS Project Manager with Doctors of the World, establishing educational programs and coordinating with United Nations organization such as UNHCR, UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNDP; and - Academia - Research Associate at the Harvard University AIDS Institute. Dr. Eric Leire earned his MD from Grenoble University Medical School in Grenoble, France, and also holds an MBA with a Finance specialization from Institute Superieure des Affaires in Paris, France and a MBA with a Health Care Management specialization from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. “We are very happy Dr. Leire has accepted an appointment to our Board of Directors,” said Birger Jan Olsen, President and CEO of Blake Insomnia Therapeutics. “Dr. Leire is a highly accomplished doctor and executive with an international mindset and a demonstrated ability to creatively produce tangible results in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. We are fully assured he has the qualifications and range of experience to advance the company to the position of being the premier quality of life provider though sleep enhancement.” Dr. Leire’s experience in the biotech industry, brings strong merit and expertise to Blake Insomnia’s future plans to engage drug regulatory agencies and conduct clinical trials. It is important to note that the Biotech industry possess the most stringent regulatory procedures that need to be fulfilled in order to achieve market approval. Given the strategic position of ZLX-1 compound and the large unmet clinical need for insomnia sufferers, Dr. Leire welcomes the opportunity to improve patient access to much needed treatment and will start working on the board as soon as the Company has obtained Director’s and Officer’s Insurance. Blake Insomnia Therapeutics Inc. Blake is a New York-based pharmaceutical company devoted to improving night-time and daytime quality of life for people with insomnia. The company’s patent-pending ZLX-1 compound has demonstrated efficacy without producing the side effects identified as the No. 1 problem with current sleep medication. The ZLX-1 compound is marketed under the brand name, Zleepax™. Please visit www.blakeinsomnia.com to learn more about the company, management and the ZLX-1 compound.


NEW YORK, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blake Insomnia Therapeutics Inc. (OTCQB:BKIT) a New York based pharmaceutical company is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Leire to join CEO Birger Jan Olsen on its Board of Directors. Dr. Leire has currently been the CEO of DanDrit Biotech (OTCQB:DDRT) which is developing a dendritic cell-based immunotherapy for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer (Phase III clinical trials). He also serves on the Board of Novicol International Holding Inc., a Canadian company with a microbicide commercially available in China. Dr. Leire brings to Blake Insomnia Therapeutics a valued combination of medical professionalism with business acumen spanning over 30 years encompassing: - Biotech - held executive positions with Paringenix, APT Therapeutics, and Biostrategies Group; - Pharmaceutical - served in senior management at Pfizer, Boots Pharma, Schering Plough Pharmacia; - Private Equity - partner at Biofund Venture and Medwell Capital; - Non-Profit - HIV/AIDS Project Manager with Doctors of the World, establishing educational programs and coordinating with United Nations organization such as UNHCR, UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNDP; and - Academia - Research Associate at the Harvard University AIDS Institute. Dr. Eric Leire earned his MD from Grenoble University Medical School in Grenoble, France, and also holds an MBA with a Finance specialization from Institute Superieure des Affaires in Paris, France and a MBA with a Health Care Management specialization from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. “We are very happy Dr. Leire has accepted an appointment to our Board of Directors,” said Birger Jan Olsen, President and CEO of Blake Insomnia Therapeutics. “Dr. Leire is a highly accomplished doctor and executive with an international mindset and a demonstrated ability to creatively produce tangible results in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. We are fully assured he has the qualifications and range of experience to advance the company to the position of being the premier quality of life provider though sleep enhancement.” Dr. Leire’s experience in the biotech industry, brings strong merit and expertise to Blake Insomnia’s future plans to engage drug regulatory agencies and conduct clinical trials. It is important to note that the Biotech industry possess the most stringent regulatory procedures that need to be fulfilled in order to achieve market approval. Given the strategic position of ZLX-1 compound and the large unmet clinical need for insomnia sufferers, Dr. Leire welcomes the opportunity to improve patient access to much needed treatment and will start working on the board as soon as the Company has obtained Director’s and Officer’s Insurance. Blake Insomnia Therapeutics Inc. Blake is a New York-based pharmaceutical company devoted to improving night-time and daytime quality of life for people with insomnia. The company’s patent-pending ZLX-1 compound has demonstrated efficacy without producing the side effects identified as the No. 1 problem with current sleep medication. The ZLX-1 compound is marketed under the brand name, Zleepax™. Please visit www.blakeinsomnia.com to learn more about the company, management and the ZLX-1 compound.

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